In a “plague on both your houses” ruling, Fulton County Superior Judge Ural Glanville fined the office of Attorney General Sam Olens and ethics chair Holly LaBerge $10,000 each for failing to provide evidence to former ethics director Stacey Kalberman for her recent lawsuit against the state.
The AJC story reports that LaBerge, who made political waves when she revealed that Governor Deal’s aides contacted her for her support days before the commission issued its 2010 ruling against the Deal campaign, was obligated to turn the same information over to Kalberman’s attorneys. The Attorney General’s office argued that they did nothing improper and that they were not informed that LaBerge kept the text messages in question.
LaBerge retorted that the text messages were mentioned in a 2012 memo the Attorney General’s office received in 2013. She has claimed in past months that she was threatened by the Governor’s Chief of Staff Chris Riley before a 2012 ruling that largely exonerated the governor. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, your Honor.
Can anyone escape Georgia’s omnipresent ethics nightmare?